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Smoothie Diaries
Posted July 8, 2017
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Hey Kessy’s Mansy Abesamis shares how she discovered and fell in love with smoothie bowls.

DIY Smoothie Bowl 1
This is a smoothie bowl from Shaka, a smoothie shop found in Siargao.

During my last trip to Siargao, I became friends with yoga teachers and surfers (hello, Jof and Alex!) who were all healthy eaters. They welcomed me into their homes and prepared food for me made of super fresh ingredients either from the local market or organically grown from town.

One day, they introduced me to the wonders of smoothie bowls. Made out of fruits, veggies, and superfoods, these were healthy and didn’t make me too full. (Bonus points for being so Instagram-worthy!) Aside from making art by the beach and crafting with the locals, I love the fact that I got to learn how to prepare my own food—island style! (Fact: I don’t know how to cook, so I’m quite happy I learned a new skill!)

Even if you don’t live on a tropical island like Siargao, you can make your own smoothie bowls in the city (or wherever the world you’re in) using all your favorite ingredients. Here are some recipe suggestions!

DIY Smoothie Bowl 1
DIY Smoothie Bowl 3
Blend carrots, cucumber, and water spinach (kangkong). Top with frozen strawberries, mango cubes, plain yogurt, muesli, raisins, chia seeds, and coconut sap.

DIY Smoothie Bowl 2
DIY Smoothie Bowl 4
Blend sugar beets, cucumber, banana, yam, and papaya. Top with dried cranberries, almonds, granola, dragon fruit, sugar beets, and honey.

DIY Smoothie Bowl 3

DIY Smoothie Bowl 2
Blend papaya, mangoes, and cucumber, then top with dried cranberries, almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, mango cubes, raw cacao nibs, and spirulina

If you don’t feel like eating an entire bowl for breakfast, you can try these two handy options:

Coconut Chia Pudding
Coconut Chia Pudding
In a tall glass, add coconut milk and chia seeds. Place it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, add vanilla syrup, mango cubes, and dragon fruit cubes.

Coconut Chia Strawberry Pudding
Blend strawberry and coconut milk. Add chia seeds. Let it sit overnight in the fridge. Top with vanilla syrup and frozen strawberries.
Coconut Chia Strawberry Pudding

Follow these helpful tips when making your own smoothie bowl or pudding:
1 It’s best to buy organic, pesticide-free fruits and veggies since you are going to eat them raw.
2 Prepare the chia seeds by adding water and letting the mixture turn jelly-like. Add them dry to your food and try to eat them dry as well. That way, you can avoid feeling bloated.
3 Make a smoothie diary where you can collate all the recipes you’ve done.
4 Don’t be afraid to mix and match fruits, veggies, and toppings.
5 Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t look photogenic. Some of the best smoothie bowls don’t have the prettiest color but taste really amazing.

Have you tried making your own smoothie concoction? Share your recipes with us below!

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